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The Annunciation: M/P.22-1938

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The Annunciation


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Gold, enamelled en ronde bosse with opaque white, and translucent blue, red and green enamels, on a later wooden base. The kneeling figures of the Virgin and the Angel Gabriel are surrounded by a low fence composed of three strands of twisted gold wire looped round short vertical poles.


History note: Geistliche Schatzkammer (Spiritual Treasury), Vienna; uncertain date in the 1860s, Salomon Weininger (1822-79); uncertain before testator

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.7 cm
Width: 6.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


Early 15th Century
Circa 1400 CE - Circa 1450 CE


The Annunciation group was probably made in Paris, and may have formed part of a reliquary. It is unusual in showing the Annunciation taking place in an enclosed garden (hortus conclusus) instead of the more usual an interior setting.

School or Style

Late Medieval

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( opaque white, and translucent blue, red and green) Base: composed of wood Figures:

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.22-1938
Primary reference Number: 118318
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 March 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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